By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Chris Sutton slammed West Ham big-name trio Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini and Simone Zaza after the team’s 3-0 defeat to Southampton on Sunday.
The Hammers were completely outplayed by Claude Puel’s side as goals from Charlie Austin, Dujan Tadic and James Ward-Prowse continued the home side’s horror run.
West Ham remain rooted in the Premier League bottom three on the back of their fifth defeat from six matches this season.
By contrast, Southampton are ninth after securing their second win of the league campaign to date.
BBC pundit Chris Sutton laid into the West Ham star names as he gave his verdict on the fans vacating the London Stadium long before the final whistle.
“You have to say to the fans who left 10, 12 or 15 minutes early made a good decision,” Sutton said, as quoted by the BBC Sport website live match blog at 5.58pm. “Can you blame them? They had seen enough.
“It’s a massive job on for Slaven Bilic now. The big problem is they are disjointed and concede goals. When players like Lanzini and Payet, who were great last season, perform like that they are in trouble. [Simone] Zaza? He was pathetic. They need to snap out of it and quickly.
“The players have a responsibility to provide the energy, passion and drive to get this crowd up. There might be teething problems with the stadium but the team on the pitch are not helping. We can make excuses about off-the-pitch stuff but the players have a responsibility to do better.
“West Ham’s players don’t even look that bothered. We saw Dimitri Payet’s talent in the European Championships but he hasn’t shown it here.
“They haven’t offered any sort of threat. We can talk about the stadium and those problems, but the players have to go out and give it everything for the shirt and I haven’t seen that.”
Payet scored a last-minute winner in West Ham’s midweek win over Accrington in the League Cup but has had a disjointed start to the new campaign and has yet to open his account in the Premier League.
In other West Ham transfer news, Slaven Bilic has confirmed the club have opened talks with this £18 million rated defender.